MIND GAME

An extremely well-regarded anime feature that premiered back in 2004 yet didn’t receive US distribution until fourteen years later

2017: Bedlam in Print

Assembling a best-books-of-the-year list is always a dicey proposition. Quite simply, nobody can be expected to track down and read every worthwhile book printed over the course of the previous year…

25 FIREMAN’S STREET

An ambitious piece of avant-garde filmmaking from early-1970s Hungary that’s both an impassioned political statement and a hallucinatory spectacle

BLAZE OF EMBERS

This collection of seven erotic-surreal stories, initially published back in 1959 (in French), was apparently quite the shocker in its day

MARS AND APRIL

Science fiction from Quebec that isn’t perfect (far from it!) but deserves points for effort

GRANDMOTHERS RECHARGE WELL!

This Czech satire owes more than a little something to Ray Bradbury’s I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC!/THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER, but taken on its own terms it’s pretty good

THE TWENTY DAYS OF TURIN

One of the most interesting translations to appear in some time, this is the first-ever English version of a short novel that was originally published in Italian back in 1977